Ian McEwan

(1786 words)

Born on June 21 1948, Ian Russell McEwan grew up in Aldershot, as well as at military stations in countries such as Singapore and Libya. His mother had two much older children from an earlier marriage, but McEwan always considered himself very much “an only child” right up to the point in 2007 when a long-lost brother was suddenly made known to him. The new sibling, David, was the product of an affair McEwan's mother had had with his father during the war, before they were married.

After an army childhood largely spent abroad, McEwan attended Woolverstone state boarding-school in Suffolk from 1959 to 1966. Subsequently he read English and French at the University of Sussex before enrolling for the modern fiction and …

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Citation:
Childs, Peter. "Ian McEwan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001; last revised 12 October 2007.
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3041, accessed 15 September 2014.]

Articles on McEwan's works

  1. Amsterdam
  2. Atonement
  3. Black Dogs
  4. Enduring Love
  5. First Love, Last Rites
  6. In Between the Sheets
  7. Saturday
  8. The Cement Garden
  9. The Child in Time
  10. The Comfort of Strangers
  11. The Innocent